The Fifth Estate puts a human face on the economic downturn, through a close-up encounter with employees of an auto parts plant. Edscha of Canada, in Niagara Falls, manufactures car door hinges. But, the German-owned company is in trouble and, to save itself, it's killing off this Canadian plant. Linden MacIntyre spends more than a month at the Edscha plant as its final day approaches. He witnesses the human cost of the recession and sees first-hand the fight for one final payout – severance money workers are entitled to under Ontario law. This painful, dramatic struggle focuses on two men, linked by a common cause but divided bitterly in their objectives. Brian Nicholl is a single father and idealistic plant steward, ready to fight for every penny owed the workers. Jerry Dias is a veteran CAW union negotiator who understands, all too well, that sometimes you take what you can get. Their stories reveal the grim reality of job loss for thousands of Canadians. What Brian Nicholl learns are tough lessons about corporate behaviour, the limits of the law and the difference between knowing what is right, and doing what is possible. Warning: This program contains coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised.